During the last year, Mary Ellen Strom has been restaging a series of paintings that are female nudes. The paintings are staged with a live model and set and videotaped with high definition video camera. The models and sets produce movement. The video is in real time. The nudes are installed as a series of four single video projects onto the gallery walls. The projections are the size of the original paintings.
The women who are models for this project are contemporary artists, so they become the subjects (not objects) of the work. The project explores the contested site of the female nude by literally embodying the territory that was formerly the location of male artistic desire and production. The process of creating this project has been collaborative with the women artists.
The exploration reexamines the position of the female nude in art history, challenging both the subject and the spectator to reassess her position, identification and gaze. The project celebrates the desire created by the women's bodies and to recognize their strength, confident and self possession.
The projections offer an entry point through the familiarity of the great master paintings. But it's not a painting. It's ephemeral, it's video art. It encourages the spectator to be conscious of her act of viewing while allowing herselves to experience pleasure, to examine her relationships to the subject and to think critically about her individual gaze.
April 22-May 7, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Artist talk with Mary Ellen Strom and Teri Rueb, Sat, April 23, 2:30-4pm
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